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Raglan Review Jamie Christina Hi Lo Raglan

Happy Raglan Thursday to you! I'm so excited to be bringing you another edition of the Women's Raglan Review Blog Tour. When you...

Happy Raglan Thursday to you! I'm so excited to be bringing you another edition of the Women's Raglan Review Blog Tour. When you get ALL the way to the bottom, you'll see our very full schedule. The permalinks are all there, so just wait for the right day and the links will be live. Be sure to click over to The Art Of Oh to see her Raglan Thursday review too! Just keep in mind Kyema is on the west coast, so her posts are on PST, not EST like me. :) Be sure to read through to the end of each post to check for a coupon code!

Please note, that raglans are presented in no particular order of preference. For your ease of reading, every review will include the same chart that will help you quickly compare and contrast. The final round up will do a side by side comparison chart, awards in multiple categories, AND a HUGE fabric giveaway so don't miss it.

Today's Raglan is the Jamie Christina Hi Lo Raglan. Details first and then my review.
XS-XXL (bust sizes 32-49)
Printable pattern pages/copy shop version
34 pages
Skill Level
Advanced Beginner
Measurements for Rectangles
Line Drawings
Size made
Straight size small
Options choosen
View A
Fabric Requirement for your size
2 yards
Measurement Chart
Bust and waist measurements only
Cutting Instructions
Pattern Printing Layout
Cutting Layout
Suggested Fabrics
Knit with 25% stretch
Layer Printing Option
Neck Line Options
Banded or hood
Sleeve Options
long only
Hem Options
Hi-lo hem only
Color Blocking
Seam Allowance
Hem Allowance
Separate add-on pack
VERY loose and drapey
Easy to read instructions
Drawing or photograph instructions

The Jamie Christina Hi-lo Raglan is nothing like my previous reviews. This is a big, drapey, comfy raglan. Unlike my other raglans, this is sewn up in a fabulous purple rayon lycra that I got from Cali Fabrics. I have to admit I LOVE how I look in purple and this is no exception. This pattern is a serious fabric hog. Those big drape sleeves take up a lot of width of fabric, but they're so worth it.

This pattern is best in fabrics with fabulous drape, so sweater knits, ity or rayon lycra are perfect choices here. One thing that isn't mentioned in the pattern but that would be REALLY helpful to know is to use knit seam tape OR some sort of stabilizer in the seams, else your garment is going to stretch out pretty badly. This was actually my first time using knit seam tape and I have to admit, I'm now in love. It made working with this super soft rayon lycra super easy. I used it on every seam and to stabilize the neck and hem before I top stitched with my cover stitch machine.

My measurements fell solidly in the size small without needing a full bust adjustment. I think this is one pattern where you could fudge the numbers a little and still fit just fine, so I wouldn't worry as much about doing a full bust adjustment. I did shorten the bodice 1 1/2" at the waist (there is no included lengthen/shorten line) so that the front scoop would hit right below the waist as indicated by the modeled photos in the pattern. I will say that I wish there was an additional scoop neckline on the pattern as that is a more flattering neckline for me.

I really Really REALLY love leggings, but I fall into the leggings are not pants category, so this pattern without modifications doesn't cut it for me. BUT, I think my next time I will just mash the back scoop hem onto the front pattern piece and have a fabulous tunic length that I could wear with leggings.

Who needs this pattern? Truth be told, this pattern got rid of most of my inverted triangle-ness. It softened a lot of the lines and makes me look more rectangle, leaning toward hourglass. That's a serious trick of the eye! I really like it and LOVE that it'd be great on those days when you feel bloated and yucky. It skims over all the lumps and bumps and has enough soft drape that it doesn't really catch on anything. And the butt coverage is awesome. I'm no expert on body shapes, but I feel like any body shape could rock this.

Best part of the reviews of course is coupon codes, and Jamie Christina didn't disappoint! Use code pdf20 to save 20% off ALL Jamie Christina Patterns for the entire month of March!

What fabric would you use for your Hi-lo raglan?

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  1. Looking good and love that colour on you! That's an interesting raglan; I might have to give it a try soon.

  2. I love everything about it especially the little bit of extra length on the sleeves.

  3. I've had this pattern for a long time and never sewed it up. Thank you for the inspiration. I love the big, drapey sleeves - so pretty without be overwhelming. I have tons of lighter sweater knits from KnitPop Auctions, this will be a great pattern to use them up. And I swear by stabilizing tape. I use SewKeys and it is awesome - never have a wavy hem.


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